It’s hard not to see your friends at school or on weekends because of physical distancing. However, you can still stay connected to them while at home with video chats, text messaging, phone calls and social media. You can maintain your friendships and support each other through this difficult time.
While you’re talking to your friends online or on the phone, it’s important that you look for warning signs that may indicate they are really struggling and need help. Pay attention to what they are posting and sharing online. Negative messages, photos, videos, links, comments or hashtags may suggest the person is in emotional distress.
If this is the case, reach out to your friend to ask how they are doing and get them connected to a supportive and responsible adult, if needed.
If you or a friend feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others, call 911 or one of the national crisis resources below.
National Crisis Resources
Additional Resources for Teens
These online resources are free and may help you and your friends cope with stress and manage your mental health during these uncertain times.
It’s important to stay connected with your friends while practicing physical distancing and provide support however you can. There are fun ways to stay connected using technology and simple self-care strategies you can do at home to help manage your mental health.
teen MHFA is expanding and will be available to every school in the country in Fall 2020. Learn more at mhfa.org/teens.